NWGA Scanner | November 15th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after being found passed out behind the wheel in the middle of intersection

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 30th, 2022, at 4:08 AM, Deputy T. Deaver was dispatched to the intersection of Cleveland Highway and the North Bypass in reference to a white Dodge Charger in the middle of the intersection with the blinker light on. According to the report, “Dispatch then advised an additional caller advised that there was a male in the vehicle with his head to the back of the headrest appearing to be asleep.” Deputy Deaver arrived and observed a white Dodge Charger stationary blocking southbound traffic on the Bypass. Deputy Deaver made contact with the driver, identified as Austin Dante Leon, 21, of Dalton, who was in the driver seat with the back of his head against the headrest and appearing to be asleep. According to the report, Deputy Deaver then knocked on the driver’s side window twice very loudly to attempt to wake the driver but was unsuccessful. Deputy Deaver then knocked on the driver’s side window once more very loudly, and the driver woke up. Leon seemed very confused about the entire situation. According to the report, “Deputy Deaver asked Mr. Leon why he was stopped in the intersection, Mr. Leon advised that he was relaxing. Deputy Deaver then readdressed Mr. Leon that he was in the intersection and he stated, “uh uh”, as if he didn’t realize where his vehicle was. Deputy Deaver then advised Mr. Leon that he cannot be in the intersection and he stated, “what do you mean, I was headed home dude, is it ok for me to head home?” Deputy Deaver then advised Mr. Leon that he was asleep at the wheel in an intersection and he was not allowed to leave due to Deputy Deaver believing he was under the influence and not okay to drive.” Leon kept advising that he just wanted to go home. During field sobriety testing, Leon showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .140 on a PBT. Leon was placed under arrest for DUI and refused implied consent. Leon was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with stopping, standing or parking in an intersection, and DUI less safe.